One or the other story in 94 wards today;Unopposed winner, no nominations
Srinagar, Oct 15: Fifty-two candidates have been elected unopposed while 44 wards received no nominations in Kashmir for the fourth phase of the ongoing urban local bodies elections to be held on Tuesday.
For phase IV, 202 candidates are in the fray.
The wards where the candidates have been elected unopposed or which received no nominations mostly fall in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian, Pampore areas, Pattan in north Kashmir, and Ganderbal and Srinagar central districts.
In Khrew municipal body, 11 wards will see no voting where no nomination has been submitted for the elections.
Similarly, out of 17 wards of Pampore municipal body, 12 wards received no nomination papers while five candidates have been elected unopposed.
In 13 wards of Pulwama municipal body, 11 wards received no nominations while two candidates have been elected unopposed.
In another district of south Kashmir, Shopian municipal body received no nominations for five wards and 12 candidates have been elected unopposed.
In Dooru, Verinag, 16 candidates in 17 wards have been elected unopposed while one ward received no nomination.
In Ganderbal municipal committee, out of 17 wards, five will see no voting where the candidates have been elected unopposed. Polling will be held in 24 out of the total 25 wards in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
Out of 13 wards in Pattan municipal body, 11 candidates have been elected unopposed.
There are also few wards where the candidates have been elected unopposed.
In total, 244 candidates have been elected uncontested in the four-phase urban local bodies elections. Around 2,990 contestants are in fray for the polls.
A total of 1,145 wards constitute 79 municipal bodies in the state.
Of the candidates elected uncontested, majority belong to BJP and Congress, while the rest are independents and candidates of Peoples Conference.
In Kashmir division, the voter turnout in first three phases has been 8.3, 3.4, and 3.5, respectively. The overall poll percentage of first three phases of the ongoing four phase municipal elections has been 6.7 percent in the Valley.